More and more people are turning to remedial massage therapy as a gentle and effective way to reduce pain and increase mobility.
Remedial massage therapy is used to describe a variety of different techniques, which can include:
- Deep tissue
These can be used to treat pain and stiffness in the neck, back and shoulder, or various sports injuries. As a result of injury, muscle wastage, or stress, muscles can get locked into a contracted state for long periods.
By massaging the area the therapist can relax and unlock the muscle, increasing circulation and allowing the flow of blood and essential healing chemicals within the body to speed up the recovery.
It is particularly effective for dealing with injuries. In many cases people don't treat injuries appropriately, not resting them sufficiently, not doing sufficient rehab, or indeed sometimes resting them too much.
Whatever the deficiency in treatment, it can result in weakness, lack of flexibility, or scar tissue around the injury site. Because therapists are able to activate deep inside the muscle, they can break down adhesions (scar tissue) and help the muscle to recover.
A typical treatment lasts for about an hour, and will likely leave you feeling relaxed, with pain reduced and mobility increased at the injury site.